China could be the next new hot app market



The U.S. wireless market is big, but it's not the world's biggest. At least not according to data from Flurry, which puts the United States at a close second. Edging out the U.S. is China, which now has more smart device users than any other country.

In terms of mobile content, China has traditionally been ignored as a no-go for developers and publishers. Instead of two dominant app stores, China has hundreds. Factor in issues with piracy and monetization and it's no wonder that most developers haven't expanded their apps to the Chinese market.

All of that, however, is changing. Just this week Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) expanded its Appstore to China, becoming the first Western app store to sell paid Android apps in China, beating out rival storefront Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play.

On the iOS side, there are rumors brewing that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and China Mobile, the world's larger carrier, might finally be bringing the iPhone to the carrier's customers. This would greatly expand the base of potential iOS users and be a huge opportunity for iOS developers.

Is China going to become the app market to beat? FierceMobileContent takes a closer look at why the next big app explosion will be in China.--Sandhya